Couples Advice: Phill Decoster and Morgan Hutcherson
- Apr. 19, 2012
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If there’s one word to describe Phill DeCoster, a senior from Kansas City, Kan., it would be persistent. Last year in his Illustration class he noticed someone who he described as the “cute girl” to all of his friends. Lucky for him, that cute girl, junior Morgan Hutcherson, happened to pick him as his partner to work on a caricature project together. Although Morgan had a boyfriend at the time, Phill never gave up his attempts to woo her. “He always sat by me in class and would make sure to hold the door for me after class was over,” Morgan says. “He did all that cute old-fashioned stuff before we were even dating.”
It wasn’t long before Morgan and her boyfriend broke up at the end of spring semester, so Phill took it as a sign, and asked Morgan out. “I didn’t know if it was a date or not so I had to slip it into a text by asking him if he was going to pick me up,” Morgan says. “I said no, I’m going to make it the crappiest date you’ve ever been on,” Phill chimed in with a smile. That night, after months of patiently waiting, Phill mustered the courage to ask Morgan to be his girlfriend.
Dating Tip: Maintain a balance in your relationship.
Every Thursday Morgan and Phill have a date night. Whether it’s watching hockey, going to a coffee shop or working on illustration homework, they take the night to relax and spend time together. “It is always a nice end to the week,” Morgan says. “Although it is sometimes hard, we always try to find time and maintain balance with school and our relationship.” Whenever Morgan is having a bad day, Phill finds a way to surprise her and make her smile. Once when she was stressed out, he showed up outside of her class and took her on a walk around campus to ease her mind. “We went around the Campanile to the stadium and then all the way up to the balcony of the Oread,” Morgan says. “Sometimes I can be pretty serious but he always knows how to lighten the mood and makes things more easy going.” The two have been together now for seven months, so it seems Phill’s persistence paid off.